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McDONNELL DOUGLAS-IBM TEAM RECEIVES $70 MILLION CONTRACT FROM U.S. ARMY TO DEVELOP, DEMONSTRATE ADVANCED PILOTAGE SYSTEM

 MESA, Ariz., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co./IBM team has received a $70 million contract to develop and demonstrate the U.S. Army Rotorcraft Pilot's Associate (RPA). The contract was awarded Thursday by the U.S. Army Aviation and Troop Command, Aviation Applied Technology Directorate.
 The RPA program will establish revolutionary improvements in combat helicopter mission effectiveness. This will be accomplished through the application of knowledge-based systems for cognitive decision-aiding and the integration of advanced pilotage, target acquisition, armament and fire control, communications, controls and displays, navigation, survivability, and flight control equipment.
 RPA builds on advanced avionics technologies being developed by the Army for the modernized AH-64 Apache and the RAH-66 Comanche. These systems make great strides in the automation of such physical functions as flight control, information processing, and weapons management.
 Key subcontractors include the Honeywell Inc. Systems and Research Center and Martin Marietta Advanced Technology Laboratories.
 The RPA program will assure the availability of advanced avionics technology to support the Army aviator of the 21st century. In an era of shrinking defense budgets, RPA will provide an upgrade capability that can bring existing and developing systems to new levels of performance.
 Additionally, the potential application of RPA technology in the civilian marketplace is practically limitless and offers an opportunity to aid human performance in a variety of fields -- from general aviation to driving the family car.
 RPA moves into the cognitive realm of data interpretation, hypothesis formulation, planning and decision making. The result will be an intelligent associate that will assist the Army pilot in understanding the vast array of battlefield information, planning the mission, and managing the complex systems that are found in the modern military aircraft. The pilot will be able to spend his time fighting the battle rather than flying the helicopter.
 RPA development and evaluation will occur in three stages. Initial design and assessment will be accomplished in a rapid prototyping laboratory environment.
 As the design matures, it will move into full mission simulation, where more rigorous and in-depth evaluations will be conducted.
 This approach was used quite successfully by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. and IBM on the Army's Day/Night Adverse Weather Pilotage System (D/NAPS) effort, a precursor to RPA, to provide a successful demonstration of the application of artificial intelligence real-time in the cockpit.
 However, the third stage will go well beyond D/NAPS and will install RPA in an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, configured as an AH-64C model, and incorporating McDonnell Douglas Helicopter's full authority advanced digital flight control system as well as the Army's Advanced Helicopter Pilotage sensor system. Flight and operational demonstrations will be conducted in 1997 at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.
 As prime contractor, McDonnell Douglas Helicopter will be responsible for systems integration, architecture design, prototype development, full mission simulation, and flight test. It also has specialized responsibility for the development of CDA systems to support offensive systems and vehicle management. McDonnell Douglas Aerospace is supporting the helicopter company with knowledge-based development tools and artificial intelligence expertise.
 IBM provides computing technology, including its Massively Parallel Processor. IBM has specialized responsibility for data distribution, mission planning, defensive systems management and external situation awareness.
 Honeywell has responsibility for crew performance assessment and man/machine interface development.
 Martin Marietta will be responsible for data fusion. MDHC/IBM are also drawing on an Innovative Specialists team of subcontractors to support the RPA effort. Team members include Reticular Systems, FAAC Inc., Praxis Technologies, and Georgia Tech Research Institute.
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 /CONTACT: Hal Klopper of McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co., 602-891-5519/


CO: McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co.; IBM ST: Arizona IN: ARO SU: CON

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